December 2011 E-Zine (V10#12): Define Wednesday, Nov 30 2011 

Writer’s Lingo:
Crop marks: lines indicating what part of the photograph to print. These are commonly placed directly on the face of the photograph with grease pencil (which will easily rub off later). Our company charges extra if many photos are submitted this way.
*Dead copy: Any previous drafts or copies that have been discarded once proof read and any changes have been completed. All drafts should be dated (easiest), marked or coded so the writer can be sure of working on the “current” and be able to see their progress in the older ones.
Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.
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June 2006, V5#6: Design Friday, Jan 30 2009 

While text that is justified at both right and left margins has a tidier effect, text that is justified on the left with a ragged right is actually easier to read.  This is due to the fact that all spacing is uniform and no words are broken to wrap onto the next line.  Both of these devices, though allowing uniform right and left edges, slow the reader’s eye down as the brain processes these differences.

June 2004, V3#6: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Have an “ancestor swap”.  Have a pre-determined time period that you and a fellow researcher (or group) works on your line while you work on theirs.  This can sometimes produce better results than just “picking their brain” for helpful suggestions on a problem you have.